The Mask of Command

The Mask of Command

A Study of Generalship

Book - 2004
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THE MASK OFCOMMAND is about generals- who they are, what they do and how they affect the world we live in. Most studies of generalship have focused on individual character and behaviour. While these are not neglected in this remarkable book, its central argument is that, like warfare itself, generalship is a cultural enterprise, providing a key to understanding a particular era or place, as much as it is an exercise in power or military skill. Through portraits of four generals- archetypal hero Alexander the Great, anti- hero Wellington, the unheroic Ulysses S. Grant and the false heroic of Hitler- John Keegan propounds the view of heroism in warfare as inextricable linked with the political imperative of the age and place. He demonstrates how the role of the general alters with the ethos of the society that creates him and concludes that there is no place for heroism in a nuclear world. THE MASK OFCOMMAND is a companion volume to John Keegan's classic study of the individual soldier, THE FACE OF BATTLE- together they form a masterpiece of military and human history.
Publisher: London : Pimlico, 2004.
ISBN: 9781844137381
1844137384
Characteristics: 366 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,20 cm.

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